How to Install and Update Adobe Flash Player for Mac

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Although Flash is a rapidly declining technology on the web for a multitude of reasons, there are still many websites that utilize it to render their multimedia content. To install or update Adobe Flash Player for macOS, follow the instructions below.

How to Install Adobe Flash Player for Mac

  1. Launch your web browser and navigate to the official Adobe Flash download page.

    screenshot of Adobe Flash Player download page
  2. Select the drop-down menu labeled Step 1, then choose Mac OS X <version>.

    screenshot of operating system menu on Adobe Flash Player download page
  3. Using the Step 2 drop-down menu, click the option corresponding with the browser or browsers you use most often. In this example, we’ve selected Safari and Firefox.

    screenshot of the version menu on the Adobe Flash Player download page
  4. Click Download now, located in the lower right-hand corner of the page.

    screenshot of the Adobe Flash Player download page
  5. A DMG file will now be downloaded.

    screenshot of the Adobe Flash Player download
  6. Locate this DMG file in your browser’s default download location, typically the Downloads folder or your Desktop. Click this file to begin the installation process.

  7. A new disk image labeled Flash Player should appear once the DMG has been extracted. Double-click Install Adobe Flash Player, located within this newly-created image.

    screenshot of the Adobe Flash Player for Mac installer file

    You may see a warning at this point, noting that Install Adobe Flash Player has been downloaded from the internet and asking if you trust its origin. You’ll need to confirm your acceptance in order to continue.

  8. The Adobe Flash Player Installer should now appear, overlaying your other open windows. Click I have read and agree to the terms...

    screenshot of the Adobe Flash Player Installer
  9. Click Install.

    screenshot of the Adobe Flash Player Installer for macOS
  10. If prompted, enter your macOS password and click Install Helper.

    screenshot of the Install Adobe Flash Player interface for macOS
  11. A confirmation message will appear once the installation is completed. Click Done.

    screenshot of the Adobe Flash Player installer for macOS
  12. Enter your macOS password again when prompted and click Add Helper to complete the process.

    screenshot of the Install Adobe Flash Player interface

How to Update Adobe Flash Player for Mac

Once Flash is installed on your Mac, it’s important it remains up-to-date for both security and functionality purposes. 

As you follow along with these instructions, remember to only accept Flash updates originating from Adobe, as there are different forms of malware that mask themselves as such.

  1. Click the Apple menu icon, located in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select System Preferences.

  3. Click Flash Player, located in the lower left-hand corner of the System Preferences interface.

    screenshot of the macOS System Preferences interface
  4. Click Updates.

    screenshot of macOS Flash Player preferences
  5. Click Check Now.

    screenshot of the macOS Flash Player Updates preferences

    You can also decide how Flash Player updates are regularly installed. Click Allow Adobe to install updates so you don't miss any important enhancements or security patches going forward.

  6. Your system will now check to see if an update is available. If there is one, click Yes and follow the subsequent on-screen prompts to install it. If not, click OK and close the System Preferences window.